Carrey Back To His Schtick

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 06/01/2003 - 12:51

Jim Carrey was full of energy when he met the press in a Los Angeles hotel recently. In good spirits, he seems to have forgotten the critical drubbing he received with the release of Bruce Almighty. 

Back in top comedic form in Bruce Almighty, here playing an ordinary guy suddenly endowed with the powers of God (played by a scene-stealing Morgan Freeman), Carrey knows exactly what he would do if he really had the power. 

Maggie Gyllenhaal on S&M Comedy Secretary

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Wed, 04/30/2003 - 21:16

Steven Shainberg’s black comedy Secretary was awarded a Special Jury Prize for "originality" at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The jury led by John Waters, revealed to Shainberg afterwards that they were intending to give him an award for ‘daring’ or ‘audacity’ but in the end ‘originality’ became the official term for a film that explores the sexual spanking games enjoyed by a lawyer boss and his only-too-willing secretary.

Singularly Olivia

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Mon, 04/28/2003 - 03:07

Beautiful Olivia Williams is having quite the year, but admits that had she not been discovered by Kevin Costner as his leading lady in The Postman, she would have given up acting ages ago.

"I think I would have stayed in the theatre, would have had a gradually dwindling career in that, would have given up acting at around 30 and then re-train to be a lawyer and I would now be happily married with two children and a slightly part-time divorce family law practice,” she says. 

Laura Linney Bares All

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Fri, 03/07/2003 - 04:09

Laura Linney explains why going completely naked in The Life of David Gale was no frivolous attention-grabber.

Although Hollywood actresses have never been slow to take their tops off, they have seemed less keen than their European cousins when it comes to stripping completely. But Laura Linney, star of films as varied as Congo, The Truman Show and The House of Mirth, earns the dubious distinction in her latest movie of appearing not only in a full-frontal nude scene, but doing it with a plastic bag over her head. 

Taking Stock Of Britpop

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Sat, 03/01/2003 - 04:19

A new documentary from Oscar-winning producer John Battsek aims to get behind the Britpop phenomenon of the Nineties.

While one rock legend analyses the importance of politics and the class system in his band’s success, his brother emphasises the importance of his hairstyle. Welcome to the world of Noel and Liam Gallagher, the driving force between Oasis, arguably the most important British pop group since the Beatles and stars of a new feature documentary on the phenomena of Britpop and Cool Britannia that helped define the 1990s in Britain. 

Eddie Izzard, Eclectic Ladyman

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Sun, 02/02/2003 - 00:53

For a stand-up comedian, famous for wearing lipstick and dresses, Eddie Izzard is proving remarkably versatile in his new career of film star. With a work rate that would be the envy of any time and motion study, he has a series of films lined up for release in which he plays a cross-dressing soldier, the legendary Charlie Chaplin and the villain in a big-budget western. 

Haley Joel Osment Grows Up

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Wed, 01/22/2003 - 02:33

Once the cute, but hypnotic kid from The Sixth Sense and AI, Haley Joel Osment has grown-up. Audiences will discover a new Osment in Secondhand Lions, a comedy/drama about an isolated teenager who discovers unexpected love and friendship with two irascible uncles, played with devilish glee by Michael Caine and Robert Duvall.

So how does the 15-year-old think fans will respond to the new, deeper-voiced personna?